How Twitter Failed Me: Thoughts of a Facebook Convert

“I love Twitter.”

I smirked.  I’ve heard this so many times by 20-something year old girls I meet around campus.  These creatures, however, are the type who have visited the site once – to set up their account and link to phone.  They tweet rarely, and always about weird occurances in their day.  They follow close friends, and if they ever use an @reply, it’s to tell a friend (always a friend who has an account but has sent <5 updates) something they should have just texted – or link that they are having lunch with said person.

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Nothing about that experience screams “I love Twitter!”  In fact, to me, it screams “I can’t stand this nuissance – I’ll text my friends instead!”.  But texting your friends doesn’t make your thoughts visible to the world.  That is, of course, the appeal of the micro blogging site.  Quick updates that appeal to our diminished attention spans and a platform that requires no logging in, no thought process, drafts or publishing issues.  Type up a text, hit send and you’re done.  Confused about the picture to your right?  Read on…there is a point.  If not, it’s always good practice to put pictures of hot girls in your posts – smaller bounce rate and longer page times.

The truth is, while NO ONE cares how your assistant principle was flirting with your mom while suspending you (or what “#WhereDeyDoDatAt” means), someone is reading.  Heck, I just linked you up on a blog – a blog that a few people actually read, no less.  All you link-sharing Twitter snobs think I’m stretching the truth?  Try protecting your tweets for a week.  I did, and the results were quite surprising.  Turns out, not as many friends were reading my stuff as I thought.

I shared 2 tech-related links – one on August 26th while my Twitter account was protected, and one September 10th while it was open.  The result?  A 300% increase in clicks when the account was open for all as opposed to it being protected to just approved followers.  Now, a lot of factors weigh heavily on statistics.  August 26th was a Thursday, September 10th a Friday.  Research shows that, while more updates are posted on Thursdays, more re-tweets are performed on Fridays.  You also have to consider the fact that more people may have been genuinely more interested in the September 10th tweet.  Regardless, a 300% increase is significant, and speaks volumes (especially when combined with similar data I gathered with the rest of my updates) about the visibility of unprotected accounts.

So what does all that mean?  Well, if you’re like me, it means you’re not as important as you thought.  It also means that your Twitter relevance is much lower than you probably guessed.  Try this out:  post a link, story or funny encounter on Twitter and Facebook.  Be sure to post it word for word at the same time of day.  Where do you receive the most (let alone relevant) feedback?  Chances are, 9 out of 10 times it’s going to be Facebook.  Even if you only receive a few likes, you at least know a few people who have watched and appreciated your video.  True, Twitter reply’s may be more in depth, but you’re not going to get near the amount of talk back that you do on Facebook.

Now, as this is a blog post, you should know that I’m just conjecturing on most of this.  I have a hypothesis (Facebook is more relevant, reliable and informative than Twitter) and I’m trying to persuade you.  Instead of taking the time to find solid arguments, I’m going to be lazy and give you my reasons.  Namely, Facebook makes stuff prettier and people spend more time on it.  Quickly (I’m imaging only 2 people make it this far in the post – if you’re one of them, leave a comment to prove my point), I’ll explain why I think this.

Facebook really does understand link sharing like no other.  That’s why things go viral on Big Blue.  Would Bon Qui Qui or the Bill Cosby Southern video be so popular without Facebook?  Not a chance.  As humans, we’re visual creatures.  Men included.  Really – you thought iJustine was famous for her tech thoughts? (checkout picture above if you’re not sure who I’m talking about).  When you share a link on Facebook, you get the option to include a photo or embed the video from the site – right onto your post.  Facebook single handedly turned the internet beeper (link SHARING), into an iPhone (link EMBEDDING).  Forget clicking off-site…you can watch the video with even scrolling down the page!  The result is a smorgasbord of funny videos and philosopher-wanna-be’s – not to mention all of the Facebook-specific posts (pictures, updates, relationship updates, etc).

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As a result, people spend an unholy amount of time on the site.  Scrolling through my phone contacts (which are linked to Facebook profiles), I rarely come across an entry that does not have a Facebook.  My grandparents are on Facebook (and I’m beginning to think they are on more than I am).  Last year, my self-righteous history professor ripped the 100+ person class for not protecting our Facebook accounts.  Later that day, I looked him up and read all of his updates from the past 2 weeks.  Not interesting (he’s a jerk on Facebook, too), but still something that needed to be done.

My point is this: people love Facebook, and that bright red notification icon makes us feel good.  Twitter is great (heck, I wouldn’t have my current job if it weren’t for the site), but it doesn’t compare.  Short or long run.  To borrow geek speak, it fails hard in comparison – which is why, I believe, it’s on it’s way out.  In the past few months, it’s become nothing but a delayed instant messaging account and story teller.  I, Ryan Bowen, have become  a TwitterTween.  All hope is not lost, though.  I’m still clinging to the fact that I don’t know a single top 40 song.  Seriously.  I looked it up.

Rybo’s Top 10 Ways to Get Facebook De-Friended

We all have them – those Facebook friends who just don’t seem to get it.  Whether it’s posting pictures of their drunken vomitting or sending you 50,000 Mafia Wars requests, we all know a guilty party.  With a little peer pressure and embarrassment, maybe we can get them to stop.

So without further ado, here are (in no particular order), the 10 best ways to get defriended (at least by me) on Facebook.

Checking in EVERYWHERE.

I honestly don’t mind the occasional check-in update from FourSquare or Gowalla.  However, when I log in and am greeted by every place you have visited in the last 3 days, we have a problem.

‘Sentences’ like: “m3 & g0D boUt 2 giT tIgHt liK3 cRediT cArD dWn $tRiPPa b00Ty”.

True story.  Really happened.  Honestly, though, we’re still friends because her statuses are so entertaining.

Tagging me in “which one of your friends this best describes” pictures.

I’m not a Pokemon.  I’m not an Amstel Lite.  I swear, the next person to tag me as an alcoholic beverage, cartoon character, or sex position gets blacklisted.

Posting garbage on my wall.

I treat my Facebook wall like I treat my car (I can stick whatever I want on it) and like you should treat my fireplace mantle – don’t post anything you wouldn’t want Grandma and the family to see when they come over.

This also applies to Mafia Wars, Farmville and Restaurant City requests.  It’s bad enough I have to deal with those stupid requests – don’t post that ish to my wall.

Excessive swearing.

I strongly believe there is a time for harsh words.  Dropping 10 F-bombs per status not only makes you sound like an internet 9th grader who just got his heart broken, but it drains you of any respect and credibility I may have once granted you.  Refer to previous item when contemplating this nonsense on my wall.

Religious Views:  “God.  2Pac.  Lil Wayne.”

We get it – you have no morals, you’re an internet thug, and you just made it to high school.  Stop being an idiot.  On a related note, I’d love to sit down and discuss how you can serve both God and Weezy F Baby at the same time.

Self-Taken Pictures.

There are a few reasons as to why anyone in their right mind would post dozens of self-taken mirror shots to Facebook.  Political correctness would restrict me from detailing any of these…but when have I ever adhered to that anyway?

  1. You are vain.  This applies to 90% of the shots.  If you have…um…assets and want to show them off, please do so in the privacy of your own home and not via a self-taken shot from above.  Don’t forget we can still make out your muffin top.
  2. You are trying to create an online identity.  The sad fact is that by taking a picture of yourself in a flat-brimmed hat holding stacks of money and a toy AK-47, you’re actually negating the very imaging you’re trying to put off.
  3. You’re in 7th grade.
  4. You’re in 8th grade.
  5. You’re in 9th grade.

Please keep in mind that one or two self-taken shots is OK.  However, if you have an album entitled “ME (t00 pRe$H! <3)” that contains 55 photos of yourself…it’s time to quit.

Druuuuuuuuunken picturessssssssssssssss.

Rule:  If you were too drunk to remember it, we don’t want to either.

Liking every page you see.

If a page’s title is a conversation or full-out thought, please do not clog up my wall.  You’re not as deep as you think you are.

Changing your name every 3 days (or having a ridiculously stupid middle name phrase).

I know “Swaggalicious” ain’t the middle name yo’ momma gave you.

*Honorable Mention:  Calling me an ape.

Yes, this has happened to me before.  Tip:  if you want to stay fake-Facebook friends with someone, don’t publicly refer to them “picking bugs out of [their] hair”.

As an afterthought, I’d like to say that I love writing posts like this for a few reasons. First, they don’t require too much thought, and the research/work done to publish is usually pretty entertaining. Also, these posts generally get the most traffic, and they look like they took a lot of effort (due to pictures or formatting, they’re usually a lot longer).

Lastly, I’m a pretty sarcastic and cynical person.  Posts like this, while they might not gain me much tech credibility, allow an outlet for that type of unhealthy thinking.

Building Brand Identity Through Custom Short URL’s

It’s no secret that Twitter has revolutionized link sharing.  Sure, there are other ways to send links out to your friends (email, Delicious, Facebook, etc), but never before has it been so easy, quick, or had the potential to be seen by so many.

In the same manner that Facebook power-pages like Big Prize rely on user-sharing, the practice of “Re-Tweeting” updates on Twitter can make your content visible to unknown hundreds.  The main thing standing between you and this unreached, information-searching population?  Brand identity.

In regards to social media, there is a myth that one must be easy going and personable when sharing links on Twitter.  That’s just not true.  While it is often the best approach, there are many web giants (blogs, news sites, and corporations) that use Twitter to great success without a personal approach.  This is often partly due to fame but often, it’s because they have created a great brand identity – one that is trusted by the masses (see Google, Mashable, etc).

So, how do you create brand identity in 140 characters or less?  One of the easiest ways is to have your own custom short URL – especially if you do lots of link sharing.  Until recently, users were limited to a small selection of short url sites – Bit.ly, Is.gd, etc.  While these services provide great usability and features, they don’t provide the end-user (i.e., the one clicking the link) the comfort of knowing what exactly they are clicking.  Obviously, the best method is to have created an online identity that is trusted – though this is becoming less and less important with account hacking and spam.

Apart from the simple cool factor, having your own custom URL can help establish a trusted online identity – whether you are a power blogger or simply an everyday link-sharer.  For you to post the link, you must have had access to both your shortening service AND Twitter.  Hopefully this will help ensure others that they aren’t clicking spam.

There are a few options (most of which I have tried), but the easiest to set up and maintain, at least in my opinion, is YOURLS.  The best thing about this service is that it’s self-hosted – meaning if the YOURLS site ever gets shut down, your links will still work. It provides great traffic statistics and sharing options as well.

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What You Will Need:

  • Domain Name – preferably something short (I chose http://rybo.us)
  • Webhost
  • Database

Installation is easy.  Simply follow the steps below and you’ll be sharing links in no time.

  1. Purchase your domain and set up hosting.  If you have a Deluxe account at GoDaddy, you can just host the domain on your account and point it to a new folder.  If you do this, make sure you are hosting the domain and not simply forwarding it to the folder – otherwise your URL’s won’t work!
  2. Set up a SQL database.  If you have a hosting account, there’s a good chance you have a few extra databases you are allowed to create.  Simply choose a name, login username and password.  Remember this information for step 4.
  3. Download YOURLS from Google Code.
  4. Unzip this folder and navigate to includes/config.php.  Open this file in a text editor.  Fill in the following information:
    • YOURLS_DB_USER
      your MySQL username
      Example: 'joe'
    • YOURLS_DB_PASS
      your MySQL password
      Example: 'MySeCreTPaSsW0rd'
    • YOURLS_DB_NAME: The database name
      Example: 'yourls'
    • YOURLS_DB_HOST
      The database host
      Example: 'localhost'
    • YOURLS_DB_PREFIX
      The name prefix for all the tables YOURLS will need
      Example: 'yourls_'
    • YOURLS_SITE
      Your (short) domain URL, no trailing slash
      Example: 'http://ozh.in'
    • YOURLS_HOURS_OFFSET
      Timezone GMT offset
      Example: '-5'
    • YOURLS_PRIVATE
      Private means protected with login/pass as defined below. Set to false for public usage (on an intranet for instance)
      Example: 'true'
  5. Save config.php and upload all of the files to the directory you created.
  6. Navigate to http://example.com/admin – and you’re ready to start short-linking!

Window Cling Giveaway!

wallgraphicsIt’s that time again. I like to reward techPadawan (formerly RyboMedia) readers by occasionally hosting giveaways for cool prizes. Thanks to a blog sponsor, that’s easy.

This month’s giveaway is from LargeFormatPosters.com. As the name suggests, LFP specializes in banners, large posters, and other sorts of wall graphics. Whether your company needs a wall graphic of the logo printed up, or you just want an attractive, large sticker to keep someone’s mouth shut (kidding!), this product from Large Format Posters will do the trick.

Specs:

  • (1) 24×24 Adhesive Wall Graphic
  • Shipping: FREE UPS Ground Shipping
  • Eligibility: Limited to US Residents only
  • Must be 18 or older to enter

The winner will be chosen on April 26th at 8pm – so you’ve got 2 weeks to enter!  As always, there are multiple ways to enter.

To be eligible, just post a comment below letting me know what you might want printed.  You can earn extra entries (1 each) by subscribing to the blog, ‘sharing’ the Facebook status, following me on Twitter, or tweeting the giveaway – just be sure to let me know in your comment!  If you decide to tweet about this, try to use “@rybo” and “#techpadawan” in your update.

Good luck!

Galactic Empire State of Mind

Generally speaking, I don’t do too much link sharing on the blog.  I tend to save that sort of thing for Facebook and Twitter.  However, I couldn’t resist this time.

Now, I realize I haven’t blogged in a while.  School is getting hectic and my side project is starting to take off.  I don’t want to turn into one of those bloggers that slows down blogging, only to come back once every 4 months to post an announcement about the latest Apple product.

Anyway, someone sent this to me a few days ago.  Since then, I’ve watched it 8 times.  Fantastic.  The Star Wars geek in me is satisfied, and the shockingly *good* rap verses nearly make me squeal in white boy excitement.  Enjoy.

The Last.fm Good Radio Station

As is my bad habit with many social networking sites, I signed up for a Last.fm account some time ago and never really used the service.  I tend to just plug in my iPod or pop in an audiobook if I’m sitting at a computer for a while, so I thought the whole internet radio thing wasn’t for me.  I was wrong.

Before going any further, let me say that I realize I’m behind the times.  Like 90% of the posts I write, I’m bringing old news, reviews and haikus.  I have actually yet to bring a single haiku to the blog – but that will change.  Anyway, I know there are people who have yet to discover some of the cooler things the internet has to offer.  And that is why I write.

For those that don’t know, Last.fm is a website that allows you to listen to customized internet radio stations.  Simply pick a band, song or genre tag and you’re good to go.  From there, you can fast forward, love or ban tracks from your station.  Every artist you play is automatically added to your library, and Last.fm tracks how many times you have played each artist and song, as well as how many playlists and “loved” songs you have.

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If it sounds a lot like Pandora up to now, this is where it really takes off.  First, Last.fm is much more user-friendly and user-fueled than Pandora is.  Users are much more interactive, thanks to things like tagging artists and songs, voting on band photos and analyzing friends listening compatibility.  Sure, knowing who listens to the same music as you isn’t a huge deal.  But it is cool.  Take Lucy, a local friend who is a Last.fm junkie.  Upon adding her as a friend, I saw this:

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Incredibly useful?  Maybe not.  But still neat.

If you’re not sold just yet, I’ve saved the best for last.  Thanks to my friend (and past guest blogger) Jimmy,  I’m now scrobbling.  With a few clicks and a little piece of software, you can start scrobbling too.

Scrobbling is what makes Last.fm so great.  Basically, it crawls through your iTunes library (or Windows Media Player library) and your iPod to gather information on your listening habits.  Check out a list of supported devices here.  Once completed, it adds this information to your online Last.fm account.  It’s a great way for new users to quickly build a large library.  If you use the Audioscrobbling software, you can synchronize your listening with your account automatically, so as you listen your songs are displayed in your online account and immediately added to your library.

To sum up, you should try it.  It’s real swell.  Check out a few more screenshots below or get up some courage and dive right in.

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RyboMedia: 2009 Year In Review

I’m not going to lie – 2009 has not been a great year for me.   Both semesters this year have been pretty tough, relationships have gone awry, and I’ve experienced the ups and downs that everyone goes through.   BUT I’ve met some really cool people and made some lifelong friends.

I think if I had to put a label on this year, I think it would be “friends”. I’ve met some good ones and gotten a lot closer to some old ones. They’ve helped me a lot this year, and I’m very blessed to have such a great group.

I guess I’ve learned that it’s not always fun to learn.  In a lot of ways it’s been a rebuilding year…breaking me down and hopefully building me up stronger.  In times like that, we can take comfort in the fact that even through the hard times, you’re learning something.

A good friend of mine from high school was killed towards the end of last year.  After our senior year, we would talk occasionally, but she moved and so I did not hear the news until the beginning of 2009.  Throughout the past year, though, I feel like it’s taught me to appreciate those that you love, because you never know if they, or you, will be there tomorrow.  My grandfather shared a great quote with our family a few years ago.

“Treasure those you love, and tell those you treasure now, because you never know what tomorrow will bring.”

I urge everyone who reads this to follow this advice – it can mean a lot to those you love.  Now, on to more happy things!

If my count is correct, I’ve written 151 posts in the last year.  WOW.  That’s crazy.  I think that the blog has grown a lot since last year in terms of maturity, depth, and importance.  Instead of short, link-sharing posts about whatever I stumble across (I now have a Twitter account for that!), I’ve tried to write longer, slightly thought-provoking posts.  Obviously that means there won’t be as many, but hopefully you have (and will) enjoy them more.  Throughout the last year, the website has undergone some design changes, we’ve now got a pimpin’ mascot, and things are rolling somewhat smoothly.

So, if you will let me, I’d like to highlight a few of my favorite posts really quick – just in case you missed anything.

The Switch: Windows to Ubuntu

“…Within one hour of using Ubuntu, I was slamming my head on the table, wondering why I had been so stubborn in not trying it out.  Sure, I had to install a few drivers, go through 236 updates (even though I had 8.1, it was a touch outdated), and I’m still working on wireless (Broadcom is messing me up – any help?), but it is, in a word, AMAZING.”

Introductions, OpenDNS, and Project Euler

My first guest post, written by my good buddy Breland Miley.

“I have no idea how I should start this off, but I’ll give it a shot. My name is Breland, and I’m a new blogger here on RyboMedia.com. I go to college with Rybo, and after meeting at a first year book experience of all things, we found out the we had some friends in common and that we were both pretty much computer geeks. I’ve been messing with computers since I was about five and my fascination with them has grown by leaps and bounds over the past several years. I’ve participated in programming competitions (FBLA) and won first place in nationals. My favorite programming language is probably PHP, only because I know it best, but I have experience in many others.”

3 Films from Last Year You Missed and Shouldn’t Have

My second guest post, written by Daniel Thompson.

“There are so many films that come out in a year, it’s almost impossible to avoid seeing a few that were a waste of your time and missing a few that were worth your time.  While I’m sure you saw the big budget summer films like ‘Iron Man’ and ‘The Dark Knight’, and you probably made it out to a few award winners like ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, I can guarantee you missed a few of the more underrated films of 2008.  Don’t worry, I’m here to help.”



7 Sites in 7 Days

The link here is actually to the whole list of the 7 sites that I chose for this campaign.

The “Twitter is Narcissistic” Refute

By far one of the most popular posts of all time on this blog.

“…Ok, so Twitter was built to help friends and colleagues stay connected.  Now let me explain why I find Twitter so appealing….”

Getting to the Core of the Apple Problem

The most read, commented on, and hated on post I have ever written.

“I hate that guy.  You know exactly who i’m talking about.  Sipping his latte on a couch at Starbucks, Macbook propped on his lap, iPhone vibrating at his side, a $200 messy haircut, and an assortment of grungy, but not too grungy, clothes.  He turns to me, a smug look on his face.  Depending on which friend it is, he’ll describe some application he’s just discovered, a podcast he’s just recorded, or a website he’s just designed – all using his trusty Mac.  Without fail, in a somewhat sadistic, most definitely condescending tone, he’ll end with, ‘See, Apple stuff is just better.  Vista sucks.’ “

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I had the pleasure of attending my very first web conference this year.  Here are the summary posts of what the speakers talked about.

Of iPhones and Gnomes…

“Big Prize. If you’re on Facebook or Twitter, there’s a good chance you’re somewhat familiar with the name. Whether you check the fan page every hour, are constantly confused by the odd little sayings your friends write on their wall, or your Twitter homepage is sprinkled with #moonfruit tweets – you’ve seen the name.”

Computers, People, and the Fact That I’m Selfish

You see, computers appeal to me in a maniacal way that people don’t – I can manipulate them, create an idea and mold them into what I want them to do. I can put as little or as much time into them and receive a directly proportionate amount of joy from the results. I can have a problem (even something as simple as boredom) and make something to solve it. And what’s best, the selfish part of me can come out saying, “I built that. I made it, you didn’t, I rock.” It might not be the best, it might not help anyone else in the world, but it’s mine and I’m proud of it.”

Spotlight at NecessaryCool

Chances are, you’re probably wondering why you’re reading about some random guy when you could be reading about all things cool. Jef told me a little while ago that he would like to have me help kick off the new “Spotlights” feature of NC – where you get a little glimpse of what some fellow bloggers do on their own sites.

Basically, RyboMedia is a blog about all things tech, geeky, or internet related. I write about awesome internet companies, design tips, blogging tricks, web conferences I have attended, and even some controversial pieces. Oh, and I do occasional giveaways. How’s that for concise?”

Whiplash

My third guest post by Jimmy Sawczuk (and one of the most popular posts on the blog).

“We ran into a problem at work last week that was, at the same time, a nightmare and exactly the kind of problem you want to have. The culprit was our latest Big Prize Giveaways promotion, and the problem was that our app had metaphorically gone from 0-60 in about two seconds, and it experienced the same thing your neck feels when it accelerates that fast: whiplash. This was my first experience with an app that was this big; even in my McJournal days, I rarely averaged more than 60,000 (well, take that number and divide by 10,000 and you have the real number) hits per day. So in the last week, I’ve learned a ton during our march to a million fans that I think can be useful to everyone, no matter how close your app is to that kind of scale.”

My Columbia Twitter Revolution

“Now here’s the important part.  I’m one person.  I can’t do this alone.  For this to catch on, I’m going to need lots of help.  It’s going to take getting used to, but I think if it ever does take off it could serve very useful.  Think about it – a live list of tweets to keep you constantly informed on traffic problems, breaking news, local food deals, and weather alerts.  All for free.”

100 Things I Love On the Internet

“This is the 200th post on RyboMedia (hence the 200 “o’s”).  To celebrate this milestone, I’ve put together a list of 100 things I love about the internet. Why not 200? Read until the end and you’ll see. Enjoy!”


And that’s it, y’all!  Hope you enjoyed.  I am looking forward to the new year.  I have a new guest post lined up that I think you will really enjoy, and I have another big review of an awesome website coming up soon.  Stay tuned, and have a fantastic new year!

Star Wars + Adidas. #TearsOfJoy

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Coming soon, in a galaxy far, far nearer than you’d expect with this type of intro…Star Wars shoes by Adidas!  If you know anything about me, you know I love Adidas and I love Star Wars.  Yes, I have the Collector’s Edition of the Dark Forces dramatized audiobook, and yes I listen to the entire 6 hour adventure multiple times per year.  And yes I bought it when I was about 12.  I’ve also photographed myself with all my Adidas gear and sent it off to the company.

Point is, I couldn’t be happier about the news.  The most influential science fiction work ever produce is coming together with the makers of what I consider the highest quality everyday apparel.  It’s a dream come true.

Sadly, it hasn’t been released yet.  The few images we Star Wars fanatics have been granted leave us drooling and appetite-whetted, though not yet satisfied.  The official Star Wars release says that they will be available in select stores and online in January.  Here are a few of my favorites, though I believe I’ve decided to go with the AT-AT high tops (pictured above).

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To add to the frustration, I stumbled across more Star Wars apparel that is currently only available in Japan.  This time it’s hats – New Era (59Fifty) hats to be specific.  Here comes the drool again.  I’m already a huge New Era fan (got my LA fitted a few weeks back and I love it), so again this excites me beyond words.  Here are a few pics of the hats currently available, though I have yet to hear if they will come to the US anytime soon.

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Until January, enjoy the pics. I’m sure if you’re anything like me, you will come back for a second or third look. Oh, and a note to all relatives, friends, and random people who might want to get me a Christmas gift…all cash gifts will go into what I like to call my “ATAT FUND“.

100 Things I Love On the Internet

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This is the 200th post on RyboMedia (hence the 200 “o’s”).

To celebrate this milestone, I’ve put together a list of 100 things I love about the internet. Why not 200? Read until the end and you’ll see. Enjoy!

    50 Random Goodies

  1. Overusing hashtags.  #awesome
  2. Watching The Office on Hulu the day after it airs.
  3. Blogging.
  4. SideReel.  Where else can I go to find links to watch my Scrubs and Friends?
  5. SquaredEye.  Because they rock and look perty.
  6. Amazon wishlists.
  7. Tupac is alive!!!
  8. Pandora.  Seriously, the more I use it the more I love it.
  9. Hey Ya! acoustic style.
  10. Graffiti t-shirts.
  11. Restaurant.com.  Admittedly, it was better when I had a lady friend, but still an awesome place to get gift certificates dirt cheap.
  12. Joupes.  Yeah right, I’m going to list 100 things and not do some self-promotion?
  13. Farmville.
  14. Kobe Bryant highlight videos.
  15. Wookieepedia.  It’s a Star Wars Wikipedia.  Need I say more?
  16. HTML color code charts.  Far more useful than you’d expect.
  17. Nerds proposing.
  18. More nerds proposing.
  19. Horrible, horrible, horrible albeit hilarious parents.
  20. Amazing dance skills that I will never have.
  21. The Star Wars tattoo chick.  Actually not a turn on for me, but still quite interesting.
  22. Google Reader.  Sharing is quick and easy, and I can star items for later, more intense reading just like Gmail.
  23. Retrievr.  If you’ve never used it, it lets you find Flickr images by color.
  24. Google Image Search.  It makes staring at my future wife so, so easy.
  25. ESPN Fantasy Football.  I’ll never play football so this is as close as this 160 pound white boy gets.
  26. Cute dogs.
  27. Google Chrome.
  28. Google Voice.
  29. Google cake.
  30. Google.
  31. The best song ever, sung by Percy Sledge and Michael Bolton (live footage).
  32. SEEN painting the Hollywood sign.
  33. Bob Parsons.
  34. Listening to NBA games for free.
  35. The things I’m going to put my kids through (because I’m a Star Wars junkie).
  36. This dude.
  37. Hungry Howies.
  38. Extensive graffiti guide.
  39. Awesome pictures of cute babies.
  40. What up with that?!
  41. Personality driven ministry.  #SARCASM
  42. Nature in all it’s beauty.
  43. Really, really, really good web design.
  44. A 63-can color test.
  45. DRM-Free mp3 downloads for less than $1
  46. Listening to the exact songs I want…for free! (Yep, same as above)
  47. Google Chrome Extensions
  48. Mitch Hedberg
  49. My cousins baby trying to hug my dog.
  50. Star Wars Adidas shoes!
  51. 50 Blogs

  52. SiteSketch101 Teaching You How to Blog with Passion, Power and Profit
  53. BlogussionBlogging Discussion, Tips & Tricks
  54. ColorFreak – Make sure to check out the Banksy piece!
  55. KomodoMedia – BEAUTIFUL site, great design-related posts
  56. UnmatchedStyle – Reviews of beautifully designed websites
  57. Webdesigner Depot – One of the coolest header images I’ve ever seen on a site
  58. The Design Cubicle – Well researched, deep posts on blogging and web design
  59. Design Milk – Neat design, from home furnishings to computer equipment
  60. ThinkVitaminCarsonified’s Blog About the Web
  61. Desizn Tech – Great design blog (CSS, textures, etc)
  62. CrazyLeaf Design Blog – Beautifully designed blog
  63. Daily Blog Tips – What’s it sound like?
  64. Blog Oh! BlogWanna sizzle up your WordPress blog?
  65. WordPress JediFeed your WordPress Demons!
  66. Unique BlogCreate A Blog That Stands Out From the Crowd
  67. Million CluesTechnology Guide for the Digital Citizen
  68. Spyre Studios – The blog of a small but high quality design agency
  69. Lumos Studio PhotographyGreat photography from an old teacher of mine
  70. Allan Cole Roberts – More grat photography from a great web designer
  71. The Official Gmail BlogNews, tips and tricks from Google’s Gmail team and friends
  72. Rands In Repose – Great writing, make sure to check out the Nerd Handbook
  73. iGeekTrooperOn the Front Lines for the Geek Empire
  74. Necessary CoolThe Premier Guide to All That is Cool (That’s me!)
  75. Cope2 – Personal blog of graffiti legend Cope2
  76. Senses Lost – Graffiti pics, interviews, product reviews, and other cool stuff.
  77. Jersey Joe Art – Blog of graffiti icon Rime
  78. Hurricane Game – That’s right, I’m a big fan of The Game
  79. Chip OglesbyRandom Whatness
  80. Jeff Elder –  On Charlotte Networking
  81. LakersNationFor fans.  By fans.
  82. The No Look Pass – Great NBA blog by Lakers fan
  83. Cleveland, Curveballs, and Common SensePutting 2 and 2 Together Since 1987
  84. People of Wal-Mart – You guessed it – pictures of Wal-People
  85. Fail Blog – Funny FAIL pictures and videos
  86. Awkward Family PhotosSpreading the Awkwardness
  87. eSarcasmGeek Humor Gone Wild
  88. SocialWayne – Tech tips and tricks!
  89. Jasongraphix – The journal of Jason Beaird
  90. Technically Incorrect – Awesome news related to tech stuff…yep…
  91. Chris Pirillo – Great posts by a true all-around geek
  92. BDawg – Great blog from a good friend of mine, unveiling web apps, etc.
  93. Conversion Rate ExpertsTurning Clicks into Customers
  94. Joupes Blog – Of course I’m going to put it here.
  95. Tynan on TechTechnology from a jaundiced perspective
  96. Carrie Underwood – More of a news feed, but it helps me stay up to date with my lady
  97. BoingBoing – Tech, gadgets, science, culture and art news, etc.  Whew.
  98. Download Squad – Latests in tech news and software downloads
  99. ISO50 – Great photography and design work by Scott Hansen
  100. GeekDad – Logic puzzles and other awesome geeky things
  101. The Star Wars Blog – Need I say more?

Now, granted, this post would have been a whole lot more effective if I had 200 items in my list. However, I seriously doubt you’ve read this far…and even fewer of you would have if I had 200 things. SO, here’s the challenge.

By this time next year, I would love to have a completed list of 200 things (blogs, videos, awesome Twitter people, whatever!) – half of them mine, half of them yours.  Lame?  I don’t care, it’s my blog.  Start commenting.

16×20” Rolled Canvas from Digital Room!

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That’s right – another giveaway!  A few days ago, DigitalRoom.com contacted me about a new 16×20″ Rolled Canvas giveaway for one luck RyboMedia reader!

What’s nicer than a great photo or piece of art printed up for free?  Having it printed on canvas!  I can say from experience that Digital Room produces great quality prints – I have an 18×24″ poster hanging in front of me right now.  I can only imagine how nice the canvas will be.

Check out their canvas printing page for more details and product specs.  To read more about UPrinting (who sponsors this blog) check out this review by You the Designer.

As always, I get one too!  Regular readers can probably already guess what I’ll have printed – graffiti!  I haven’t decided if I’m going to do another collection of famous artists or my own work, but I will definitely be adorning my walls with more street art.

To enter the contest, just post a comment below letting me know what you might want printed.  You can earn extra entries by subscribing to the blog, following me on Twitter, or tweeting the giveaway – just be sure to let me know in your comment!  If you decide to tweet about this, try to use “@rybo” and “#giveaway” in your update.

This contest will be live until 3pm on November 22.

Good luck!